Use case

Job Scheduling &
Workload Automation

“Within months of deployment we achieved insight into areas that just did not have the visibility we needed to run efficient operations. In one single application we found over 400,000 defined jobs that had not been run in three years taking up space in the catalog and increasing licensing costs. This was just one application – the beginning of many improvements.” – Global Financial, June 2020

Job Scheduling
has Evolved

Job Scheduling has undergone major shifts driven by organic growth, new use cases, and the need to scale quickly.

What was once overnight back-up jobs and batch operations is now every moment, every day for many organizations – especially those in compliance and audit industries.

While online operations and web-scale modern computing get a lot of focus, teams still need to be able to submit, view and track their job status and results. The reasons and individual needs of team members vary, yet are linked to their role, business conditions, and target dates.

Lack of Context Led to
Errors & Outages

The trend towards Agile and DevOps combined with the desire to empower teams in the new ways of working greatly expands access to job control systems. These shifts introduce new financial and downtime risks to operations that do not and will not go unnoticed when they occur.

For example, when team members issue multiple job status queries, negative performance surprises ensue as queries tie up expensive compute resources. Some malformed queries even lead to complete system crashes requiring recovery. Differences in job control interfaces are often the culprit to errors and surprises which add confusion and stress to users – resulting in further avoidable mistakes and waste.

Smarter Workload Management

edgeCore™ software can bridge job scheduling and workload management systems from mainframes to high-performance computing to cloud infrastructures. IT leaders create better experiences for teams while adding control with these capabilities and benefits:

  • Run job status reporting on demand and impact-free

  • Standardize queries and visuals regardless of differing control systems

  • Customize visuals to support unique business goals and investigations

  • Correlate and enrich visuals with secondary data sources for clarity and insight

  • Trigger self-healing actions like identifying and restarting an impacted server as well as listing impacted jobs and continuing operations

  • Execute hygiene policies to clean out old and stalled jobs

  • Add users and extend to other workload automation needs and use cases

Beyond a single job scheduling system, edgeCore creates and links multiple displays for every key role with clear navigation and embedded actions to ITSM, identity manager, and technology stack systems.

Real-Time Workload Awareness & Automation

Edge provides a scalable platform that lets job scheduling groups manage and step up to the internal and external processes that are needed for predictable operations and greater efficiency.

Edge provides visibility across multiple scheduling solutions such as BMC Control-M, Ansible, Broadcom Autosys while using existing identity systems and linking with service request ticketing and CMDB. Internally, we use these same capabilities to automate our cloud and DevOps operations.

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